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tr.v. en·er·vat·ed, en·er·vat·ing, en·er·vates
1. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: "the luxury which enervates and destroys nations" (Henry David Thoreau).
2. Medicine To remove a nerve or part of a nerve.
adj. (ĭ-nûr′vĭt)
Deprived of strength; debilitated.

[Latin ēnervāre, ēnervāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + nervus, sinew; see (s)neəu- in Indo-European roots.]

en′er·va′tion n.
en′er·va′tive adj.
en′er·va′tor n.
Usage Note: Sometimes people mistakenly use enervate to mean "to invigorate" or "to excite" by assuming that this word is a close cousin of the verb energize. In fact enervate does not come from the same source as energize (Greek energos, "active"). It comes from Latin nervus, "sinew." Thus enervate means "to cause to become 'out of muscle' ," that is, "to weaken or deplete of strength."
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enervation - lack of vitality; "an enervation of mind greater than any fatigue"
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
2.enervation - serious weakening and loss of energyenervation - serious weakening and loss of energy
weakening - becoming weaker
3.enervation - surgical removal of a nerve
ablation, cutting out, extirpation, excision - surgical removal of a body part or tissue
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The depletion or sapping of strength or energy:
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They had been warned by Mark Hall of the enervation of the south, and were bound north for their blanket climate.
The successive military juntas battled with the debris of economic enervation they met on the ground.
Ferguson not only points to the violence of some in our society as the sole source of its enervation, but he lays part of the blame on the embarrassing state of education in this country and the rest of the West.
Popularity of lightweight laser designator that aids in robust mobility of troops and assists in reducing the enervation. As such, adoption of sophisticated technology has upped in the recent past.
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It is a world of ceaseless stimulation, an endless showering of nerve-jangling bomblets that leads to a kind of addictive enervation.
But even if 'twere so, judging by the engorgement of the central state and the enervation of the associational sector over the next two centuries, Jackson would seem to have bet on the wrong horse.
Caregiving to such patients can affect caregivers physically and psychologically.5 Caregivers generally experience; feelings of stress, bitterness and enervation that affect their wellbeing.
more toward agitation than enervation on this cocktail but not always.
Nonetheless, prolonged use of force to maintain peace causes enervation of resources, energies, human lives, time and finances; and remains an unsustainable solution.
The enervation she effects also connects to sloth, or insufficiency of love.
Equaling the trajectory of killing, the coercive enervation of the Kashmiris is nothing but an attempt to stall their resistance.